Can you plant seeds from an apple?

Can you plant seeds from an apple?

It is possible to grow an apple tree from an apple seed. Apple seeds need to be exposed to cool, moist conditions before they will germinate. The cool, moist requirement can be accomplished by planting apple seeds outdoors in fall. Plant the seeds 1/2 inch deep.

How do you save and replant apple seeds?

After you have rinsed the seeds, lay them out on a piece of paper to dry for a couple of days. Store the seeds for three months in the fridge in a sealed plastic bag with moistened, sterile, peat moss potting soil. This allows the seeds to chill like they would normally do outdoors over the winter.

Do you dry apple seeds before planting?

If you want to germinate apple seeds collected from an apple first let the seeds dry out for 3-4 weeks. Set the seeds on a piece of wax paper etc and roll them over every day or 2. After a month or so the seeds lose that dark shine and get a lighter dryer look. This is a good indication the seeds have dried well.

Why do apples not grow true to seed?

Commercial apple trees are clonally propagated by grafting, hence breed true. Only breeders (and I guess gardeners) use seed to grow new trees. The issue is clonally propagated fruits do not breed true from seed. This is due to genetic segregation (meiosis) – basically think about how your kids don’t look like you.

Can you plant seeds right out of the fruit?

If you’ve ever wondered if it’s possible to plant seeds from fruit and grow your own fruit trees, the answer is yes.

How long does it take for an apple seed to grow into a tree?

between 7 to 10 years
Also, it takes a long time to grow an apple tree from seed— it takes between 7 to 10 years before you will be able to tell if your tree will have good fruit.

How do you grow an apple tree from a store bought apple?

Make a small hole in the soil with your fingertip or the tip of a pencil, drop the seed in and cover it with soil, then water thoroughly. Keep the soil slightly moist, and when leaves begin to emerge, transfer the pots to a sunny window. Plant the strongest seedlings in the ground when they are a few inches tall.

How do you germinate apple seeds in paper towels?


  1. Remove the seeds from the apple.
  2. Place the seeds in a warm dry place and allow them to dry out completely.
  3. Wet the paper towel and then squeeze excess water from the towel.
  4. Place the apple seeds onto the paper towel and place into the zip lock bag.
  5. Place in the refrigerator.

How long does it take an apple seed to sprout?

60 to 90 days
How long does it take for apple seeds to germinate? Depending on the variety, they may need 60 to 90 days of moist and cold conditions to germinate. Never allow the paper towel to dry out or become waterlogged: just add moisture as needed. When they have sprouted, they are ready for sowing.

What will happen if you eat apple seeds?

If you’ve ever eaten whole apple seeds, you may have noticed that they pass through your body basically unharmed. The cyanide is only produced if the seeds are damaged (i.e., crushed or chewed), so swallowing a few seeds whole is likely to be of little consequence.

Can you grow apples from seeds?

In short, yes, you can grow apples from seed, but it’s not as simple as you may imagine. The more important question is whether you would want to grow apples from seeds. Apples do not reproduce true to type, meaning that the tree from the seed will produce apples that are almost certain to be different than the parent.

When to start apple seeds?

New apple varieties primarily appear from chance seedlings such as ones grown from store-bought apples’ seeds. The trees may bear fruit six to 10 years after they were started from seeds. The best time to start apple seeds is mid-November.

How should I store my seeds?

Test your seeds after storage for germination before planting. Dampen two paper towels and place some stored seeds in the center. Roll the towels up and seal in a zipper-top bag. Place the bag in a warm, dark spot for up to two weeks, checking the seeds every two days for signs of growth.